By Deepa Narwani
One of the only two watches to have been worn on the first ever round-the-world hot air baloon flight was sold for £5,000 at auction at Fellows this week.
All proceeds from the sale of the Breitling Emergency timepiece, an instrument watch with a built-in micro transmitter allowing rescuers to locate one’s position following a crash or forced landing, were donated to Jones’ charity Winds of Hope.
The Breitling took to the skies in March 1999 when Brian Jones and Bertrand Picard made the first complete flight around-the-world aboard the Breitling Orbiter 3. The expedition was sponsored by Breitling and each of the balloonists was provided with their own watch.